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>> axelrod: tonight, turnabout in libya. angry protesters in benghazi turn on groups suspected of killing the u.s. ambassador. elizabeth palmer is there. his campaign is under fire from fellow republicans, but mitt romney says he's hanging tough. jan crawford and dean reynolds have the latest on campaign 2012. with arizona police now able to demand proof of legal residency, john blackstone shows us how immigrants are planning to cope. >> reporter: are you born here? >> you don't have to answer that. >> axelrod: and hawaii hazard. ben tracy is tracking a dock broken loose in japan's tsunami, now moving towards hawaii. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news."
>> axelrod: good evening. i'm jim axelrod. the shock waves from that anti-islamic video are still reverberating in the muslim world this weekend. hundreds of protesters battled with police today in bangladesh, and thousands marched in nigeria as well. in libya, a new twist-- attacks on islamic militia groups the residents say the libyan army has failed to control. in benghazi, elizabeth palmer saw the worst of the unrest. >> reporter: the death of ambassador chris staefns and three of his team was the last straw. benghazi citizens marched on friday with the country's air force flying in support overhead. their message to the armed men who refuse to give up their guns, "we've had enough of you." after dark, a hard core decided to enforce that message. they stormed four bases belonging to the fighter groups, including radical islamists ansar al sharia, suspected of
attacking the u.s. consulate. facing popular anger like this, the fighters fled. we arrived at one base just after the official libyan army had taken control. was this built as a prison? they showed us the makeshift jail where dozens had, until an hour before, been locked up at the fighters' mercy. later, near midnight, hundreds of citizens, most young men, drove to a bigger base on the edge of town. that's when the looting and the shooting started, catching us in the crossfive. >> get down. get down. >> reporter: it's still not clear who was firing or why. but by the time it was over, at least 30 were injured, and 11 dead. by morning, regular libyan army soldiers had secured this base, too, an apparent triumph for the citizens. >> i'm happy, me and all the citizens in benghazi are all very happy, very, very, very happy. >> reporter: but this may not
be victory, just a cease-fire, while the fighters regroup for a comeback. >> axelrod: liz palmer joins us now from benghazi. liz, it looks like a very dicey situation there. what's being done on inject some calm into things? >> reporter: well, the end game here is to try to talk the militia into joining the libyan army, not easy. the situation is so fraught, that the president of the national congress flew to benghazi tonight to meet with military commanders to try and head off more fighting. >> axelrod: liz palmer in libya, thank you. to campaign 2012 now, mitt romney is in california tonight, not to hold rallies but to raise money. it's opinion a rough week for the republican presidential nominee, punctuated by his secretly roared criticism of the 47% of americans who pay no federal income tax. jan crawford is on the trail in los angeles tonight. jan, good evening. i'm wondering what you're hearing from the inside. how worried is the campaign about the last week?
>> reporter: well, jim, campaign advisers concede to me when i'm talking to them this was a terrible week because it really got romney off his economic message, his focus on jobs. they remain confident. they think this is a tight race. they've got a strategy and they're going to close it in the coming weeks. but what we did see this week is a lot of conservative pundits sticking it to romney for some of their strategies and tactics and we're seeing it trickle out to his supporters, his base. we were at a rally in las vegas yesterday where romney gave a bilge teach spooep and i talked to some of the supporters afterwards and they were saying, "we want to see some fire. he has to really bring it." when romney was greeting them on the rope line, you could almost hear them imploarg him to get tougher. just take a listen to this. >> mitt, get tough! get tough! they're ruthless. they are ruthless. get tough! >> reporter: now, the campaign still says it is focused.
it is going to be tough, and they are ready for this fight, but they do tell me that they're going to tweak their strategy just a little bit. >> axelrod: so what might we expect to see from these tweaks? >> reporter: wul talked earlier about the fund raisers he's here in los angeles and california for fund raisers. he's got criticism for not doing enough campaign reallies, meeting with voters because he's out trying to raise money. the campaign is going to put him out in these campaign events more frequently to try to increase his interaction with voters, even if his television adders that going to feature romney more often speaking directly to voters, making the case that his economic plans can really help average americans and hit that message, the economic message, the jobs message. that is what romney has built his campaign around. that is what voters say is the number one issue in them for this election. so they're going to try to keep that focus in thing weeks and get tough. >> axelrod: jan crawford with the romney campaign for us tonight. thank you. among the republicans urging the romney campaign to ping the
energy is wisconsin governor scott walker, who spoke about the enthusiasm he saw right after mr. romney chose wisconsin congressman paul ryan as his running mate. wisconsin, one of the key battleground states, has gone democratic in the last six presidential elections. as dean reynolds reports, president obama made his first campaign stop in wisconsin today, hoping to make it seven. >> it is good to be in milwaukee. >> reporter: wisconsin's 10 electoral votes are like catnip to both campaigns, so attractive, mitt romney even picked native son paul ryan as his running mate. >> we're counting on wisconsin. let's get it done! thanks, you guys. >> reporter: the president has visited the state eight times since taking office, and is here again today. the race was basically even
after ryan joined the republican ticket in august, but our latest poll shows the president pulling ahead. charles franklin of the marquette law school survey found a similar, alarming trend for romney. >> the state has moved away from him since mid-august. he needs to stop that movement and bring it back. >> reporter: romney also has to contend with a potentially reenergized pro-obama labor movement here. union anger exploded when governor scott walker signed a bill into law stripping public sector workers of collective bargaining rights. that anger is being used as a motivational tool again in the aftermath of a judge's ruling this month that the law is unconstitutional. john matthews is a teachers union executive from madison. >> when the judge says it's not fair, that will mobilize a whole lot of people. and i'm saying people in the middle. it will mobilize.
it will swing their vote. >> reporter: republican state representative vos says the public is sick of the issue and has sides five times with walker at the polls. that, he says, helps romney. >> unions and their special interest allies will become boisterous like every other election time, but the people sitting at home watching tv taking care of their families will turn out on election day and that's why i ultimately think romney will be successful. >> reporter: but he echos what others have been saying about their standard bearer, romney needs to visit again and again. >> they would be wise to spend time here. in my opinion, presence equals popularity. >> reporter: romney has barely six weeks to determine whether wisconsin will be the final piece of the puzzle he fits into place. or part of a problem he could not overcome. dean reynolds, cbs news, race. >> axelrod: later, a new drive
arizona's controversial immigration law are on alert. this week, a federal judge gave the state the go-ahead to enforce the "show me your papers" provision of the law. as john blackstone reports, some undocumented immigrants are being taught how to respond. >> reporter: as night falls on a mesa, arizona, park, worried families, many of them undocumented immigrants, are instructed on what to say if questioned by police. >> you want a lawyer? >> yes.
>> reporter: civil rights groups are also teaching people how to use cell phones to record video if stopped by the police. >> are why are you videotaping? >> i have the right to videotape. i'm not doing anything wrong. >> reporter: the training session was a response to arizona's law which took effect this week. it allows police to investigate the imgrace status of anyone they stop, giving rise to fears of racial profiling. defenders of the law say police will not use race when deciding whom to question about immigration status. maricopa county attorney, bill montgomery. >> the focal point is the conduct, not the color of the skin. and that allows police officers to fairly distinguish between those who, by the virtue of their conduct, then come under suspicion for investigation, and those who aren't. >> reporter: but those who came to this meeting fear they will be targets of the law and that their families will be divide. diana ramirez is with the civil rights group puente.
>> we have seen in a lot of communities a lot of parents -- the punishment for being here without documents has been losing their kids and not being reunited when they are deported. >> reporter: so parents came to have documents signed and northized, turning over legal custody of their american-born children to someone they trust should deportation become a reality. >> so, were you born here? >> i don't have to answer that. >> reporter: angelica sanchez has four children aged four to 13. if she is sent back to mexico, her children will stay here. >> because my kids were born here, and i want them to go to school. i want them to have a better life. >> reporter: these parents say they'll give their children that better life, even they can't be here with them. john blackstone, cbs news, phoenix. >> axelrod: up next, preventive health care for free comes to one american city.
adjourned through election day, november 6, follow a senate vote early this morning to continue funding the government for the next six months. the adjournment postpones action on taxes, spending cuts, and other issues until at least november 13. republicans are hoping to win both the white house and the senate to help repeal president obama's affordable care act. one provision is a program targeting chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. as anna werner reports, in oklahoma city, the money is already being put to use. >> hello! >> reporter: oklahoma county health worker michael bailey wants to transform his own little corner of the world, the neighborhood where he grew up. >> this is a health event for the family. >> reporter: he's part of a
program providing free medical care for residents suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes or other risk factors in an area of low-income families with few healthy choices around them and little encouragement. >> i think a lot of the people over here because the poverty level, that their health is of a concern, but it's-- but it comes after things such as, you know, food, clothes, jobs. >> reporter: this wellness program got a major funding boost from the affordable care act. >> we have a program called "my heart, my health, my family." >> reporter: over $700,000 per year will flow into the program. in a city dubbed one of the fattest cities in the america by "men's fitness" magazine, mayor mick cornett says healthy changes are crucial. he's prioritized projects to make downtown streets more pedestrian friendly, and five years ago he put the entire city on a diet after battling obesity himself. >> i started examining, not just
my situation but this city's situation. why was our culture conducive to being overweight? >> reporter: former athlete kim garmillion lost a leg to complications from diabetes. the program convinced him he had to change his eating habits and get back to exercising. was that something that you knew before? >> well, some of it i knew, but some of it you're still kind of ignorant to because some of the stuff you just don't want to do. >> the over-reaching goal is for people to become more healthy. i mean, i don't like when you step out into the community, you see lots of overweight people. >> reporter: but he might inspire themselves himself. >> hello! how you all doing today? >> reporter: since he started working in the program he's lost 15 pounds. anna werner, cbs news, oklahoma city. >> axelrod: wildfire are burning in at least a dozen states with washington state among the hardest hit. firefighters are battling to control several large foors and dense smoke planketaise 2-1
>> axelrod: for educators, it's a dismay go statistic-- in the most recent survey of 34 developed nations, the u.s. ranked 14th in reading and 25th in math. in response, students in many states will be required to meet new academic standards over the next several years. they're already being introduced in los angeles as tammy leitner reports. >> touch download document. >> reporter: first grade
teacher lorena cisneros has seen a big difference in how her students learn. ipads and laptops have replaced many textbooks at her l.a. school. >> they're enthused and they're excited. >> and they're learning at the same time. >> reporter: now cisneros' classroom is undergoing the most dramatic change yet. she's teaching a curriculum based on new academic standards. it's called common core state standards purpose they were developed two years ago by state governors and thousands of educators across the country in response to the alarming number of high school graduates who were not prepared for college and the workforce. >> i'm really, really are excited it's happening. >> reporter: jaime aquino is deputy superintendent of instruction for l.a. public schools. >> the text that the students will be reading are much more complex. they're harder. >> reporter: common core focuses on analytical thinking, rather than just memorizing. it requires more nonfiction reading, for example, books
about apollo 11 for elementary students. the u.s. constitution for middle schoolers. more complex works like euclid's elements for high schoolers. and basic algebra will be taught as early as kindergarten. 45 state have adopted the standards which take effect in all grade levels by 2014. >> we can't continue outsourcing jobs and the reason we are outsourcing jobs is because in other places, they're preparing their kids better than we are. >> reporter: parts of common core are modeled after schools in south korea and japan, where students score higher than americans in reading and math on international tests. to meantime these standards, school districts will have to buy new textbooks, train teachers, and upgrade computers. experts say this could cost upwards of $8billion to $16 billion. critics say the initiative could actually hamper learning for some because every child learns at a different pace. >> i think we're going to have higher rate of failure. we're going to have lower test scores. and, of course, they will, as
usual, blame the teachers. >> we're going to start over. >> reporter: it could be at least three years perfect educators know if common core is working. that's when new standardized tests are expected. tammy leitner, cbs news, los angeles. >> axelrod: today marks 150 years since a crucial moment in american history. president abraham lincoln's handwritten manuscript set in motion the freeing of the confederacy slaves went on display today in new york. it's called the pre-emancipation proclamation, issued 100 days before the final version that made all americans forever free. just ahead, the dock in the middle of the sea.
oregon, and now, ben tracy tells us, hawaii is next. >> reporter: this hawaiian fisherman could not resist getting a closer look at a dock he spotted floating in the water toward the island of oahu. the 30 by 50 foot structure had japanese writing on it and is believed to be debris from the tsunami. it is also now a giant hazard for fishermen like joey edwards. >> you could seriously damage your boat, even at night. >> reporter: researchers believe the section near hawaii is part of the same dock that washed ashore in new port, oregon, in june. the 165-ton piece of concrete became an instant tourist attraction but cost the state $84,000 to remove. rich mays is the manager of oregon's cannon beach. >> we're, obviously, very concerned about it. we're not sure what to expect and when to expect it. >> reporter: there is still an estimated one to two million tons of debris floating in the ocean. 1% to 5% is expected to reach the u.s. and canadian
coastlinesp mouth of alaska's prince william sound, there are bottles and a fuel canister with the word "danger." researchers tracking the debris updated their models last month, taking into account how winds are carrying the lighter pieces east, such as this food bin from fukushima. terry kerby of the hawaiian research lab said it is the 12th piece of tsunami debris to reach the u.s. and canada. >> this would be some of the first debris that would be making it here because of the wind annual. >> reporter: after traveling so far, the bin has not been welcomed with open arms. it is quarantined as it's checked for invasive species and plant. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> axelrod: that's the cbs evening news. i'm jim axelrod. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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